Go Back
How to Make a Succulent Terrarium.
Print Add to Collection

How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

Learn to make a simple, yet gorgeous succulent terrarium in just a few steps.
Author Ang Paris


  • Fishbowl (or any clear glass open-top container you’d like to use)
  • Succulents of choice
  • Succulent soil mix
  • Activated carbon/charcoal
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Optional: Sheet moss
  • Optional: Figurines and other decor pieces


  • First, take your clear glass open-top container of choice. I recommend using a fishbowl or a terrarium bowl, but you want to make sure that it has an open top and is glass so you can see inside. You could use pasta jars or mason jars too.
  • Next, you will want to fill the bottom of your terrarium with about 2 inches of rocks to collect any drainage. You can use river rocks or just rocks from outside your home. This will serve as a way to collect water drainage, so make sure that you don’t leave this part out!
  • Then, add a layer of potting soil that is designed for use with succulents. If you can’t find succulent soil, you could also use cacti soil. You want to make sure that you add enough soil so that your plants have space to root.
  • Start with the largest plant, dust off the excess soil from the roots, and add it to your terrarium. You want to make a hole big enough for the roots and add the plant inside. Make sure to firmly pack the soil so that it can hold them in place.
  • Then, fill your terrarium with as many succulents as you want. It’s important to note that you will want to work from the largest to the smallest and start at the back of your container and move forward. However, you are free to mix up the succulents in your display and even the colors and sizes.
  • Once you’ve placed all of your succulents, add a thin layer of sand around your plants.
  • Finally, the last step is to add a few details to your terrarium to finish it off. You can add some moss, figurines, or decorative rocks to put your final touches on the terrarium.